In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick discusses the history of our teaching, from Phineas Parkhurst Quimby to Ernest Holmes, and relates it to the healing work of Brazil's John of God.
Our connection with Spirit, our mentality, always impresses upon the Infinite. The Law is infinite. It's right where we happen to be at any given time. And by conscious thinking, we give conscious direction to it. Consciously or unconsciously, it responds to our advance along the lines of our consciousness.
Water flows and finds its own level. In an analogous way, Spirit flows and finds Its outlet in us. What we draw from It, we must draw from the channels of our own mind. We can only draw from It in relation to what we are in our own thinking and being. Spirit only gives us what we can take; It can tell us only what we can understand. Its nature is to impart, and ours is to receive. In humility, we must meet Spirit half way.
How much of the Infinite Good is ours? All of It. How much of It may we have to use? As much as we can embody.
The seed of freedom must be planted in the innermost being, and we must make the discovery for ourselves that it is there. Spiritual growth, similar to the choice to increase knowledge of any sort, occurs to the degree that we want to grow. The depth of our desire, our passion that we feel for wanting to know more of God, Spirit, and the nature of the Life Force that is within us, is always met with the corresponding response that supports and organizes and cultivates Itself through countless and sometimes very extraordinary capabilities within us.
The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person that we were intended to be. -- Oprah Winfrey
Are we able to receive advice? How open are we to guidance?
There are different forms of mentoring: learning side-by-side, planting a seed, tossing the student into a situation, and walking the path alongside the student.
The mentor spirit is idealism, justice, unconditional regard, seeing and wanting the good in others.
Be the mentor spirit---with integrity, let us walk the talk. Being in leadership, our job is to serve others.
God looks like beauty. God feels like joy.
Our spiritual work is as difficult as we make it. The perfection that we seek is already a given---it is simply a matter of moving enough out of the way so that we can reveal it in a greater way.
Thomas Troward said that it is our opportunity to bring unseen causes into form. We need to know what we're looking for. We want to get more out of life. We want to be more alive in ourselves. We want to improve conditions in our experience. The secret is getting more out of life to a continually progressive degree.
Our thoughts have consequences so great that they create our reality. -- Joe Dispenza
Is defining our present reality by what we perceive with our senses the biggest limitation we have? Or is it the biggest opportunity? Living our memories over and over again keeps us stuck in the past. But the brain can change the brain. Awareness is catching ourselves sooner than later when we start to spin inside our memories.
The bond that links your true family is not the one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. -- Richard Bach
Families we create, as we are drawn to certain people. We adopt mentors, both the ones we know personally and those we meet through books. As we model ourselves after them, they become part of our spiritual family.
What will we become? What do we want to be when we grow up? What job, what career? How will we make money? Will we be successful?
Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition, because they somehow already know what you truly want to become. -- Steve Jobs
Fear and doubt hate community. Their aim is to make us feel alone. Fear wants to isolate us and put us on an island. Yet we are all attached to certain tribes or communities. In community, there is collective wisdom. Community helps push us beyond our limits. In community, there is support in belief. Community provides new ideas. In community, we can borrow motivation. Community facilitates accountability. In community, we can share a "yes".
On the practice of patience, Rev. Patrick explores empathy as opposed to sympathy. Empathy is the fostering of connection with another. It is identifying with the emotional nature of the other.
We can practice deep listening, which is listening with compassion, to help reduce the suffering of another's heart. By deep listening, we create the space that allows the other to pour out their heart. The power is in being present with the other.